Not your average potluck

Why stop once you get started? Society hostess Penny Edwards invited close friends back for some potluck and company, the better to entertain family matriarch Dorothy Foreman. Penny’s idea of potluck is champagne and a kitchen full of delicacies, not the least of which was a do-it-yourself salad and European cookie station. Spending the week at the Edwards’ home in Le Triomphe following last Friday’s soirée for grandson Jace Fogelman, we have it on good authority that 93-years-young Foreman has been shopping for two days straight. Her secret to long life and good health? “It just takes a minute to make others happy,” she said. We only left when Penny threatened to break out the caftans. Also enjoying the summer ambience were Mary Jo Hamilton, Lady Marion Nevils and Judy Dunn, whose upside-down name tag must remain so until she meets her fundraising quota for the Acadiana Symphony.

AcA gives donors just desserts

Champagne and art. What more could you ask for? ArtWalk, Lafayette’s perfect place to see and be seen, got underway at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, while upstairs director Gerd Wuestemann sweet-talked VIPs with truffles. Donors who came and went enjoyed the downtown view and elegant extras, including Dr. Terry Cromwell and wife Jan, AcA board member Dan Hare, Jim Faresy, Coni Smith, champagne-pouring Eric Robicheaux and Nicole Sellers, and always supportive Ed and Elaine Abell. “What’s been your favorite thing at the AcA this year?” asked Development Director Sarah Brown. That’s like asking, “Clooney or Connery?”

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Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at or at